Thriving or just surviving? Exploring student strategies for a smoother transition to university. A Practice Report
AbstractThe first year of university study is one of the greatest transition periods in a student’s life. It is a time where they have to learn new academic skills as well as new social and independent living skills. For many students, the struggle to balance the competing demands of study, work and personal commitments feels overwhelming and they report significant declines in their overall health and well-being. However, some students appear to thrive in this new learning environment. This presentation reports on the findings of a research project investigating the health and well-being of first year students in Australia. It compares the experiences and coping strategies of “thriving” students with those who describe themselves as “just surviving.” Forming close social relationships with peers, having good time management and organisational skills, together with effective coping strategies enable students to transition more successfully into university life.
Jul 25, 2012
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RICHARDSON, Amanda et al. Thriving or just surviving? Exploring student strategies for a smoother transition to university. A Practice Report. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 87-93, july 2012. ISSN 1838-2959. Available at: <http://fyhejournal.com/article/view/132>. Date accessed: 16 aug. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.5204/intjfyhe.v3i2.132.
heath sciences, education, student expectations
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